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Martinez blasts Trump’s rhetoric on immigrants

Dan McKaySANTA FE – Republican Gov. Susana Martinez had some harsh words this week for the way President Donald Trump has spoken about Mexican immigrants, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.

“Everybody is sick and tired of the rhetoric” by the president, Martinez said Thursday in Houston, where she was invited to give a keynote speech at a women’s leadership conference, according to the Chronicle.

The paper reported that Martinez said Trump had spoken about immigrants in a “way that was absolutely, totally unfair.”

But the governor also told the conference she’s rooting for the president to succeed.

“Whether you personally have feelings about the president or not, we have to want our leaders to be successful, even if you didn’t vote for that person, because if that person fails, we fail,” she said.

Governor Susana Martinez

Martinez’s remarks are consistent with what she has said in the past. She has previously criticized some of Trump’s rhetoric – not just on immigration – but also said she’s hopeful his administration will be good for New Mexico and national security.

Trump, in turn, hasn’t always had nice things to say about Martinez. In a campaign rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center in 2016, Trump said New Mexico’s governor “has to do a better job.”

Martinez became the nation’s first Latina governor when she took office in 2011. After serving two terms, she cannot run for re-election this year.

blind voters: A hearing is scheduled Monday morning on a proposed rule change aimed at making it easier for blind and visually impaired people to vote.

The proposal covers a variety of other topics, too, aimed at improving the absentee voting process.

The public hearing is at 9 a.m. Monday in Room 322 at the Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail.

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said the goal is to make voting more accessible.

“All voters deserve privacy when casting their ballot, and this rule – in keeping with a new state law passed last year to this effect – will enable blind and visually impaired voters to vote independently using their own technology,” she said in a written statement. “This rule also acknowledges that absentee voting has evolved in recent years, and provides guidance to help local election officials issue and process absentee ballots more accurately and efficiently.”

Visit www.sos.state.nm.us to learn more.

Dan McKay:dmckay@abqjournal.com

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